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1936 Walter Johnson Handwritten Letter to Ford Frick
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,410
One-page handwritten letter, dated April 3, 1936, signed by baseball's legendary "Big Train," Walter Johnson. In his brief letter, addressed to National League president Ford C. Frick, Johnson acknowledges the receipt of his National League pass. In full: "Dear Mr. Frick: Many thanks for the pass. I appreciate very much getting it. Sincerely, Walter Johnson." Both the text and signature have been scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9." This letter dates just two months after Johnson became one of the first five players elected to the newly established Baseball Hall of Fame. Johnson was officially elected on February 2, 1936 (along with Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner), making this the earliest Johnson letter we have ever seen penned by him as a member of the Hall of Fame. Johnson passed away in 1946 and his signature today, especially in the form of a handwritten letter, is highly prized by collectors. The fact that this letter is also written to National League president Ford Frick, another future Hall of Famer, only adds to its appeal. The letter (6.25 x 5.5 inches),which is unevenly toned, displays two neatly torn borders (left and right) as well as a vertical and two horizontal mailing folds. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The letter has been mounted (most likely by means of an adhesive on the reverse) and framed together with a Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard of Johnson. Total dimensions: 12 x 18.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,410
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